Wednesday, May 28, 2014
For two hours the seafront and most of the town centre will be closed to traffic on Saturday to enable 700 Royal Marines to speed march as part of the corps’ 350th birthday celebrations.
The rolling road closures take place on Saturday (May 31) from 9am to 11.15am and there will be no alterative routes.
The speed march will start on the seafront and be led by drummers from the Royal Marines Band, members of the Royal Marines Association, and Royal Marines Volunteer Cadet Corps.
On reaching The Strand members of the corps family will line the route in Rolle Street.
The march will then start from the east end of the seafront at 10.45am.
Maer Road, Queens Drive, The Esplanade, Alexandra Terrace, High Street, Rolle Street, The Strand, The Parade, Exeter Road and Carter Avenue will be affected.
The closures will also affect Lympstone from 10.30am to noon, when Sowden Lane, The Strand and Burgmanns Hill will be closed.
The marines unit will be accompanied by six runners who have travelled around Europe as part of the 1664 Challenge, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for Royal Marines charities.
The runners started their epic journey in north Norway on February 5.
They skied to Stavanger in the south of the country, sailed south to Cadiz in Spain and cycled from Gibraltar to the Normandy beaches. They then paddled across the English Channel before embarking on a run around the UK.
This has so far taken in Plymouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow – and part of the route is from Poole to the marines’ Lympstone base.
A spokesman said: “The run and the challenge will culminate on Friday, July 25, with a Corps RM 350 celebration marathon from Gravesend into the City of London finishing just prior to the start of the Royal Marines’ parade through the city.”